Latheefa Koya, MACC Chief: I will not be intimidated!


KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief Latheefa Koya says she will wait for Najib Razak’s lawyers to serve her legal papers after reports that they would take legal action against her for releasing nine audio recordings implicating the former prime minister and others.

“I will wait for their papers. They will have to serve me (first),” she told reporters at an event here when asked to comment on the matter.

She was asked if the audio recordings could be considered contempt of court and if Najib’s lawyers had served her the legal papers.

It was reported that Najib’s lawyers were considering taking legal action over the revelation of phone call recordings that suggested conspiracy at the highest level of the former Barisan Nasional (BN) government.

Najib’s lawyer Muhammad Shafee Abdullah had said he and his team were seriously looking into initiating subjudice and contempt proceedings against MACC and Latheefa, while repeatedly questioning their conduct and objectives in making the recordings public.

Latheefa said police had recorded her statement on Thursday. However, she said she was unable to give more details.




MACC chief Latheefa Koya claimed that a criminal conspiracy has been set in motion against her following her disclosure of former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak’s phone conversations.

She said her special officer will lodge a police report tomorrow morning on this issue, and hand over evidence of the alleged plot.

“I wish to send a clear message to those who are behind this, that I will not be threatened or intimidated from carrying out my duty as the chief commissioner of the MACC.

“The public has placed great faith in the MACC to cleanse our country from the scourge of corruption. I intend to carry out this duty, no matter what personal attacks or threats are made against me, now or in future,” Latheefa said in a statement today.

She claimed that the plot was a response to the nine phone conversations that she disclosed at a press conference last Wednesday, and would fabricate and distribute materials intended to cast a slur on her personal reputation.

“We believe that a lawyer is among the culprits involved in this plot,” Latheefa said, without revealing further details of the plot.

Last week, the MACC released several audio recordings of telephone conversations purportedly between Najib and several others in 2016 on 1MDB.


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